Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 2011 Minutes

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December meeting minutes 2011
The meeting opened with introductions as we had a visitor, Ashley. Thank you for joining us Ashley!
Doris followed with the treasurer’s report. She had received two dues, and money from the raffle. Money was spent on flowers for Nancy Grundy, and the Heifer Project. She also got the un cashed check back that was intended for the space rental at the Living History event. The guild balance is currently $2603.85. There will be expenses due shortly for the guild liability insurance premium, and the deposit for the retreat at Davis Creek Park.
There was no weaving study report at this time.
Library report: Heidi is putting together some “learn to” kits using books from our library along with some of the guild equipment. This gives members the opportunity to try something new using tools WITH the instructions on how to use them!
Old business: Meeting places are scheduled as follows: January, March, and November meetings will be held at Sky Peaks Community Center. February, April, October, and December meetings will be held at Bartley Ranch. May is at Doris’ home, June, at Marilynn’s house. July will be at Mim’s house. August will be held at the arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park. September will be the retreat at Davis Creek Park. Please check the website for directions for each meeting.
We will be attending the Living History Celebration at Miguel Ribera Park on May 19th 2012 as guests of the Celtic group. Period costume is encouraged, but not necessary.
New Business: There is a loom for sale, an Oregon Trails 45 inch 8 harness with supplies.
Show and Tell: Libby - entrelac and trellis scarves. Susan - work from her Hazel Rose Loom, also discussion regarding a Mirrex Loom. Sheila - cowl. Janet - sock monkey. Toni - alpaca scarf. Carolyn - cross stitch bunny with hand spun yarn. Heidi - tote bag by Too Cute (made in Fallon Nevada) hand spun socks for her husband, baby hat and socks. Linda - Knitted bag pipe, knitted Christmas Tree. Sue - introduced her father, Alfred as a guest. Max - knitted string of lights (knitpicks pattern), mitered vest with her very own handmade buttons. Sharie - felted bag. Nancy - blue knit shawl, dyed skeins. Mim - handmade oatmeal soap.
After the meeting, we were treated to a game by Maxene and Sharie. We all ended up with bags of nice little Christmas gifts! It was great fun, and we appreciate both ladies for taking the time to treat us all to a nice surprise. A potluck lunch followed.
Those in attendance were: Toni Strassburg, Carolyn Thompson, Heidi Ericson, Linda Lindsay, Maxene Harlow, Sharie L. Jones, Nancy Prior, Connie Vann, Mimi Bullard, Virva Porcelli, Barbara Hunt, Libby Hejny, Mary B. Susan Palwick, Janet Schueller, Ashley Thibedeau, Doris Woloszyn, Eileen Jacobs, Janet Drozd, David Armer, Sheila Young.

Our next meeting will be on January 14th meeting at the Sky Peaks Rec Hall

Sky Peak Ranch: Sky Peaks in Northwest Reno.  A map is available here:  You can access it from 4th street a little west of Truckee River Nursery or from a road you can enter on McCarran going south turning to the right like you wanted to reach Home Depot. At that stop sign, turn right, keep going for awhile through a light and go another few blocks and Sky Peaks is on the left. The community room is on the back or NW side.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

November 2011 Minutes

November 2011 Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at Sky Peaks in Reno. There were no introductions, as there were no new people present. The previous month’s minutes were approved without corrections.
Treasurer Report: Doris reported on some small transactions, with a guild balance of $3080.85.
Dues for the upcoming year are now due! Please consider continuing your membership for 2012, and give your check or cash to Doris. Dues for the year is $25.
Weaving study group: There was no meeting last month. If you are interested in working on your loom with some help and guidance, or would like to host a weaving study group, please contact Nancy Prior.
The guild library has added the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook to it’s collection. Thank you Marilynn, for your help in getting this publication into our library. Heidi Ericson is the person to contact if you would like to borrow something from our extensive library of books and videos.
Barbara Hunt brought in some really cool ( or rather warm really!) raffle items! The sweater was a much sought after item. Thank you Barbara, for continuing to provide us with the raffle, and we look forward to your selections each month.
Old Business: Meeting places for the 2012 year were discussed. With the exception of the months of May, June, July, August and September, the meetings will be held primarily at Bartley Ranch, or Sky Peaks. There was discussion regarding holding a meeting in the Carson City area. Please see the website for scheduled meeting locations. Discussion regarding the warping wheel and storage.
Discussion regarding the use and storage of the fair boxes. Much of what is contained can be used at the Celtic Fair. There was discussion regarding dispersal of those items that may no longer be needed by the guild.
New Business: Virva presented a need for sweaters for penguins. Sounds odd, but knitted wool sweaters are needed for penguins caught in oil spills.  If you are interested in knitting for a cause, please go to the website -  for instructions on how to participate.
There is an opportunity to participate in the Living History Fair to be held May 19th, at Miguel Ribera Park. The event goes from 10 am to 4 pm, and set up is at 8:30 am. Costume may or may not be necessary. The cost is $15 per space. There is a planning meeting on November 17th, that Mary will attend on the guild’s behalf. It was decided by members present, to send a card and flowers to Nancy Grundy. Nancy has been undergoing some health concerns, and we want to let her know we are thinking of her and wish her well. Marilynn Clarke will take care of ordering the flowers, and the card.
There was discussion regarding the Heifer Project. Those present voted to donate $500 on behalf of our guild for placement of fiber animals, with any leftover dollars put to use wherever  needed.
There is another alpaca spin off coming up. If you would like to participate, please contact Mimi Bullard for information. The learning tree for this month will be a question and answer period after the meeting.
Show and Tell: Virva; alpaca show info. She attended the Alpaca West Extravaganza in Grass Valley California. Said it was much fun, informative, and the camping and fairgrounds were really very nice. Max modeled her spiral jacket knit from a pattern in Vogue Knitting magazine with handspun yarn, a necklace made from vintage costume jewelry, a sweater for a client, presentation of the chevron skirt pattern she and Heidi have been working on, and a pair of flaming boots . Mim brought in dyed items. Mary: a pattern for a top down raglan sweater that is easily adjustable to individual size and type of yarn used. Nancy: a modular knitted shawl, hats and scarves, and a capelet, also skeins dyed with Lanaset dye. Amy brought in several skeins dyed with iron, coreopsis, Russian sage, leopard plant, red cabbage, tea, and dried fennel. Linda shared a really neat story and picture regarding her niece and her spinning lesson. Seems the young lady has really taken to the craft, and has produced beautiful yarn in a matter of just a few days! She also brought socks knit from a sock blank, and a card from the folks at the Celtic Fair. Sherrie brought core spun yarn, and yarn with beads. Toni: blended batts from BFL fiber she bought from Mim. Barbara shared her knit socks made with handspun kool aid dyed panda fiber bought from Mim. Gary and Belinda shared their recent experience at the Taos Wool Festival in New Mexico. Gary took some instruction on Navaho weaving, and brought in some beautiful sample weaving he has been working on. Janet modeled her vest knit from yarn that was given to her by her mother in law. She over dyed the yarn with kool aid for a very pleasing peach color.
Those in attendance at the meeting were: Janet Drozd, Eileen Jacobs, David Armer, Nancy Prior, Toni Strassburg, Amy Shannon, Linda and Mark Lindsay, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Mim Bullard, Mary B, Maxene Harlow, Sharrie L. Jones, Barbara Hunt, Libby Hejny, Malinda and Gary Parks

Our Christmas Party is being held at the school house at Bartley Ranch
The Christmas party is a pot luck. Also if you'd like bring a wrapped Christmas Ornament for the ornament exchange and a White Elephant item for the Silent Action.